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Last weekend, the Company began our spring campaign with the annual engagement of rebel forces in the vicinity of the Guilford Court House in the Province of North Carolina.  Having set up camp the night prior, the Guards marched several miles on empty stomachs to form up with the body of Crown Forces, which by then included the 71st Regiment of Foot (Fraser's Highlanders) and the 23rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Welsh Fusiliers), among others.  Unfortunately, the Captain and his lovely wife were detained in the northern colonies, but Serjeant Theis ensured we were in proper battle order prior to the day's engagement.

Crown Forces arrive and prepare to form the first line.

Crown Forces arrive and prepare to form the first line.

Brigadier General Charles O'Hara of the Coldstream Guards assumes command of the advance.

Brigadier General Charles O'Hara of the Coldstream Guards assumes command of the advance.

Maneuvering through dense brush and wooded terrain, Crown Forces engaged the enemy's first line - then comprised of local North Carolinian militia. Without suffering heavy casualties, and after a brief artillery barrages, the company continued its advance - pushing the militia out of the woods and fixing bayonets to drive up into the second line of Continentals.  It was here where we suffered significant casualties as Lt. Colonel William Washington's light dragoons and the First Maryland Regiment eventually repulsed the Company's progress.

The Brigade of Guards holds the left flank as Crown Forces advance in open order through wooded terrain to engage the North Carolina militia.

The Brigade of Guards holds the left flank as Crown Forces advance in open order through wooded terrain to engage the North Carolina militia.

We managed to withdraw under fire successfully without excessive casualties, and engaged the enemy once more on Sunday.  By then the weather had turned sour, and by the end of the day many of our own wounded were left to suffer as the storm rolled in.  In the end, and while we did suffer heavy casualties, the British Army and its allies held the field.

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